What Are the Top 3 Best Cell Phone Companies?

by Clayton Yuetter

Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are three of the largest cell phone companies in the United States. Although their plans share some of the same options, such as 30 days to cancel service or free domestic long-distance calls, the benefits of choosing any of the companies differ. To find the best cell phone company for you, it is best to read through the plans and pick one that suits your needs.

Considering "Nights and Weekends"

All three cell phone companies offer unlimited night and weekend calls in their plans. It is important to note, however, when the free calling starts. Sprint begins offering free calling at 7 p.m. every night. For an additional $5 a month, the offer can be set back to 6 p.m. At AT&T;, the night officially starts at 9 p.m., although it can be turned back to 7 p.m. for an additional $9 a month. Free night-time calling starts at 9 p.m. with Verizon, and there are no options to move the time up.

Texting Options

It is important to read the contract and be aware of how much any additional "add-ons" will increase your monthly rate, especially texting. The advertised price may be significantly more when texting options are considered. Sprint and AT&T; both provide unlimited texts for $20 per month. Verizon has several text bundles available, including 250 texts for $5 a month, 500 texts for $10 a month and 5000 texts for $20 a month.


It is mandatory to sign up for at least a one-year contract with Verizon, but subscribers committing to two years can chose one of four free phones and are entitled to other rebates, depending on the plan. Sprint will also give you a free phone if you sign up for two years, but there is only one option to choose from. AT&T; offers the most free phones to pick from when you agree to a two-year contact, providing 12 phones to pick from.

Termination Fees

Cell phone companies use significant termination fees to force customers to stay in the agreed-upon contract. Verizon fines a subscriber $175 dollars for leaving a plan based on a standard phone. AT&T; charges $150 for early termination on their standard phones, minus $4 a month for each completed months of service. For the company's advanced phones, such as notebooks and iPhones, AT&T; charges a termination fee of $325, minus $10 for each months completed. Sprint charges $200 for termination of a contract after a 30 day window, but the company will waive the fee if a subscriber moves outside of Sprint's service area.

About the Author

Clayton Yuetter has worked as a professional writer since 1999. His writing has appeared in many journals and websites such as The Milk House, The Country Folks, Progressive Dairyman and Three Times Daily. He received a Master of Arts in writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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